In 2017, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is going international. One of America’s best breweries is pushing beyond their home borders, collaborating with folks across the world. As far as U.S. based collaborations, Minnesota’s Surly Brewing has been chosen to for 2017. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager is the result.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Beer Camp creations in the past, they truly are some very unique beers, brewed by some of the best brewers out there. A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Surly conjures up images of outdoorsy types and metal enthusiasts in one room, with impossible to predict results. What they came up with is a lager, which might not thrill everyone. That is, until the team adds spicy ginger, cayenne, and oak. You can forget forgettable lagers.
Absolute Beer Camp Highlight.
This is far and away one of the best beers in the 2017 Beer Camp box. A crisp lager that leads with ginger, and finishes with a touch of cayenne and oak. If you thought lagers were boring, this one will have you rethinking it. Consider this an official nomination for this beer to go into full production. One lonely can is far from enough of this unique beer.
The abrasive attitude of Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co. brings an aggressive yet refined approach to creating recipes. We came together to create this easy-drinking but complex ginger-infused lager. It’s brewed with hot ginger and a pinch of cayenne to spice up the heat and then dry hopped with an inclusion of oak for a touch of woody vanilla to round out the flavor.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager will be a 16 ounce can release, a part of the Beer Camp Across the World collection, debuting later this year.
Surly Barrel-Aged Darkness, a rye whiskey barrel-aged variant of the wildly popular imperial stout looms in 2015.
Our 2015 vintage bottling of Darkness features a screeching bat-nightmare by local artist Brandon Holt. No creature is more adept at navigating in the Darkness than a bat. Emerging from a deep and ancient cave, this year’s twisted nocturnal creature has evolved a et of adaptations well suited to detecting and devouring uncommon nourishment.
Notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, and raisins emirate from his lair. If you can evade the talons and teeth, the think body of this Russian imperial stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous character.
Surly Barrel-Aged Darkness will most likely join Surly Darkness 2015 on the release day, October 24th, 2015.
While the brewery has mentioned the Darkness release, they have not yet announced details surrounding the barrel-aged bottle release.
Ed Note: Changed bottle size from 22oz to 750ml
Surly Nein looms. Celebrating nine beer filling years of brewing, Surly Nein marks a milestone for the brewery. Here in year nine, the brewery has grown exponentially, becoming one of the United State’s most talked about, and perhaps most traded for breweries. They even fought to get laws changed to build their dream destination beer mecca. There’s a lot of celebrating Omar Ansari and Todd Haug have to do.
Surly Nein is inspired by a recent trip to Bamberg, Germany. Brewed with oak-smoked malt, fermented with German Hefeweizen yeast, and aged on charred oak, this beer is one you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Who would have thought, when we sold our first keg in 2006, that we would raise our 9th Anniversary glasses in a new brewery, restaurant, and beer hall? So much has changed in such a short time, both at Surly and across Minnesota. The state’s beer scene is exploding and we are proud to have been part of the boom. Two things, however, haven’t changed a bit – Todd’s distinctive take on beer styles and our local artists’ amazing talent. Erica Williams’ meticulous design for NEIN is the perfect match for Todd’s approach to his craft.
Surly Nein will be available in 750ml bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Slideshow: Surly’s Anniversary Series
Surly Brewing recently teamed up with local hip-hop group Doomtree in honor of their farewell tour. The band just finished the eight day blowout yesterday.
Doomtree joined Surly in the brewhouse in order to make an unconventional, bastardized style. The style ended up being a well-kept secret until it was party time. The result is Surly Doomtree Beer, a dry-hopped, bitter beer. An unusual take on something traditional? Fits them both quite well.
Surly started with homebrewing in the garage. Doomtree making some noise a basement. Careful what you do in your spare time, man. That stuff just might end up taking over your whole life.
A decade later, Doomtree meets Surly. Instant crush. We’re both indie and strong-willed. We love Minnesota and we are allergic to focus groups. We don’t have a formal professional outfit between us.
We convene at the brewery to scheme. Working in extreme secrecy, we decide to make a beer. Team Surly suggests a “bastardized style” that will build on the classic, but buck convention. Doomtree cannot nod vigorously enough. We know this style. Guided by instinct, we came up with this dark, gold, toasty aromatic, subtly spicy, bitter enough, dry-hopped brew. Best enjoy it cold in a spare room with new friends – Dessa
Surly Doomtree kegs have made their debut, and 16 ounces cans are on the way.
Style: English-style Bitter
Availability: 16oz Cans
Arrival: Early 2015
The artwork for Surly Darkness changes every year. In keeping with the theme, each offering is dark, just like the much sought after beer.
The 2014 artwork is a creation of Erica Williams. The beer, that’s Surly’s Russian imperial stout, and in oak barrels. Wicked good indeed.
The legendary Harpy tortured unwary travelers by stealing their precious food and drink This year’s cruel creature defends her cauldron of Darkness with razor claws and a dead stare of malevolence. Don’t mess with her Darkness. She’s hoarding this massively opaque barrel aged Stout screaming with notes of chocolate. coffee. dried tart cherries, vanilla. rye whisky and raisins. The thick holy of this Russian Imperial Stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous hop character. Dare if you will to open the bottle and steal from the imagination of our 2014 Darkness artist, Erica Williams.
Surly Darkness 2014 will be released in 22oz bombers at a brewery event on October 25th.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Surly Brewing’s anniversary is technically in February, but this beer celebrating eight years is done, when it’s done. That’s a brewery saying. Every release is vastly different than the seven before it. Head brewer Todd Haug is given carte blanche to create as he sees fit. Surly Eight is a described as an oat-wine style, with milk sugar and aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels.
This beer was designed for barrel aging, so it’s been a great opportunity to work with our friends at High West Distillery® in Park City. Utah. Brewed with Golden Promise and Aromatic malt Oats, and Milk sugar fermented in stainless steel then aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels, this golden hued Oat-Wine style ale summons notes of spicy vanilla marshmallow and aromas of honey and whIskey.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Lactose. Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 750ml Bombers, Draft
Surly Anniversary Releases To Date:
One – “Quadruple Bock” 8.3% ABV
Two – Imperial Stout with cranberries. Aka “Cranimal”
Three – Black Braggot, 8.3%
Four – Double Espresso Milk Stout, 9.4%
Five – Brett Dark Ale, 7.5%
Six – aka “Syx”, American Strong Ale. 15%
Seven – “SeVIIn, Belgian-style Strong Ale, w/ Brett
Just because Surly Brewing (Brooklyn Center, MN) is building their dream destination brewery, doesn’t mean their new beer innovation slows down. This dislike of humankind creation is Surly Misanthrope, an American wild ale.
Simply put, just as the description states, Misanthrope is a Belgian-style beer aged in oak barrels with the wild yeast Brett.
This Belgian-style saison ale is aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Golden in color, it has notes of tropical fruit wrapped in an oaky horse blanket, and, you know, other stuff that combine to produce blah blah blah to create blah and etc. It is best served cool and enjoyed alone or with a tolerated companion.
Surly Misanthrope will be available in 750ml bottles.